On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!
KLRU Educational Services will be on hand for two events connected to the Texas Book Festival. The first, a joint presentation by the Texas Book Festival, KLRU, and the AISD Department of Communications and Community Engagement is a book reading and signing by the bilingual children’s author Yuyi Morales, who was profiled by PBS and regularly has a spot airing during the PBS Kids block (which you can see here). The book signing will take place at Mathews Elementary, 906 West Lynn, on Friday, October 25, from 4-5 pm.
The second event will be our three-hour appearance at the Texas Book Festival itself, on Sunday, October 27, from 12 noon – 3 pm. We will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th) with our iPads loaded with learning apps and with none other than Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Once a year, KLRU will send one of our fantastic Explorer families to Washington DC to explore the museums, zoos, and more in our nation’s capitol. This year, we are happy to announce the winner: The Theriot Family of Cedar Park.
Theriot Family – KLRU Explorer Trip Winners 2013
Amanda, Leland, Josie & Howard will be travelling this fall – congratulations to them and thanks to all of our Explorers families for their financial support of KLRU-TV.
If you want your family to have a chance to win next year, sign up to be a KLRU Explorer today!
Austin fifth grader student Chinmay Murthy, from Paragon Preparatory Middle School, will represent Texas in the 2013 National Geographic Bee airing Friday, May 24 at 1 pm, Saturday, May 25 at 5 pm and Sunday, May 26 at 5 pm. By using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society, students from around the country compete in the annual National Geographic Bee. The National Geographic Bee is constructed to encourage teachers to include geography in their class rooms in order to increase student and public interest in the subject.
Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros—Children’s Day, Book Day, a celebration of children, literacy and multiculturalism! All events are free and open to the public.
The Southeast Branch Library, KLRU, BookSpring, A Community for Education, and The Austin Project a collaborating for this annual celebration with children’s music, dance performances, bilingual storytime, fun literacy activities for the whole family and FREE children’s books!
Make sure to also check out the great educational resources at KLRU’s ipad station and enjoy getting your picture taken with Clifford and Maya & Miguel. (Be sure to bring your camera!)
From April 15-19, The Cat in the Hat shows kids some amazing animals, including three premiere episodes April 15-17.
Babies / Fast — Monday, April 15 at 8:30 am & 2 pm Babies – Sally is looking after some baby hamsters, but how can she and Nick hold them right? Well, different animals hold their babies different ways. Fast – It’s a race to the treehouse, but Nick and Sally wish they could go as fast as an airplane! How about a peregrine? asks The Cat. What’s that? The fastest creature in the world!
Little Lemmings / Keep The Beat — Tuesday, April 16 at 8:30 am & 2 pm Little Lemmings – It’s cold outside, but Nick and Sally want to keep playing. Is there a way to stay warm out in the cold? Cat’s friend Lars the Lemming will know! He lives in the Wundra-Bundra-Tundra. It’s cold out, but with Lars’ fur coat, he doesn’t even notice! Keep the Beat – Nick and Sally have been running around the backyard and now their chests are thumpity thumping! The Cat explains that that is their hearts boom boom booming! But why? wonders Sally.
Gorillas In The Nest / Tale Of A Dragon — Wednesday, April 17 at 8:30 am & 2 pm Gorillas in the Nest – Sally and Nick have made a sleepover tent on the floor. But it’s not very comfortable. The Cat’s friend Gordon the Gorilla knows how to make a comfortable bed. Tale of a Dragon – Dragons don’t really exist, but Cat knows some lizard friends who are oh-so like dragons! They can show Nick and Sally how to pretend to be dragons.